Here goes: my to-be-read list of 13 of your beloveds! I'll attempt to read 12 in 2010. Books you love stupidly, helplessly; books to which you are in blinkered thrall; books adored by someone you love.
I confess to doing a smidge of picking and choosing: If a particular person supplied me with more than one read, I picked the one(s) in which I was most interested. If there was a book you loved about love, I couldn't say no. And, finally, I steered clear of books I've already read.
For the most part, though, you imposed these upon me. Like a prison sentence. Or a benediction! Or knighthood! We'll have to see which. Also, I may have to reconsider my overarching adultery metaphor, as it is difficult to cuckold someone who is pimping his or her mate. Good thing the book world is polyamorous.
So thank you! In no particular order:
Time Enough for Love, Robert Heinlein
The Body in the Cornflakes, K.K. Beck
An Equal Music, Vikram Seth
The Thirteen Clocks, James Thurber
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
John Adams, David McCollough
Divisadero, Michael Ondaatje
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love, Toni Morrison
Tam Lin, Pamela Dean
The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles
Video Night in Kathmandu, Pico Iyer
Frost in May, Antonia White
Should be an interesting year.